JOHOR BARU: The Transport Ministry will assess demand for public transport between Malaysia and Singapore under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) and the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) schemes kicking off today.
Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said the frequency of public transport services for those crossing the border must be in tandem with demand on the ground.
“We will still provide public transport but this would not be on a scale as large as it was.
“It will be managed in phases, where we first look at demand. If it operates without any passengers, it would not be practical,” he said.
Dr Wee, who is also MCA president and Ayer Hitam MP, told reporters this after the opening of SJK(C) Ladang Grisek in Kota Masai here yesterday.
He said the Land Public Transport Agency (Apad) would be monitoring public transport operations between the two countries when the travel schemes resume today.
“We understand that not everyone has their own transport and will need public transport.
“For us, it is not a problem but it is subject to approval. There must be some form of arrangement between the countries,” he said.
Dr Wee also said that he welcomed the decision made by the Malaysian and Singaporean governments to reopen the border under the two schemes.
Malaysia and Singapore earlier agreed to begin the first phase of its border reopening today through the PCA and RGL schemes.
The PCA allows some 2,000 Malaysians and Singaporeans with long-term work permits to cross the Johor Causeway and the Second Link every day while the RGL allows 400 Malaysians and Singaporeans to travel to and from the two countries every week.
On SJK(C) Ladang Grisek, Dr Wee said the school, which opened its doors in March, currently had 405 pupils and 23 teachers.
“The school was completed in January this year after a two-year construction.
“It stands on a 2.415ha of land and cost about RM11.5mil, including RM4mil from the government and RM7.5mil subsidised by developer Eco World Development Group Bhd,” he said.
He said the school had a good mix of pupils of various races with 143 Malays, 129 Chinese, 29 Indians and 104 others, including Sabahans and Sarawakians.
Also present at the ceremony was Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
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